Lent, Death, and Children

Lent is that time of year when

in religious education

we talk about

DEATH

specifically the death of Jesus through Crucifixion.

But for many first graders this is the first time hearing about the crucifixion, resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus

This can bring varied responses from your students….and inevitably their parents.

Some students have experienced the death of a loved one

Some have not

Some students have sick friends/relatives

Some are just curious

But many will want to know more about Death.

Let parents know the topics you are covering and that so they can be prepared should the children come home with questions.

Answer truthfully and honestly what you can , don’t be afraid to tell them you are unsure

or to tell them that something they asked they might want to talk over more with mom/dad/guardian.

For reference I’ve posted on another blog about death and how to talk about death with children:

Addressing Death and the Questions Children Ask

Be compassionate

Be honest

Be intuitive to what the child is really asking

Be real.

then

make it a prayer moment

ask if any one has joys/concerns or something they’d like to pray for.

and then

Amen

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About ellasurreau

I am a first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.
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